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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Lauds WildCoast Grant. Wildcoast wins $100k State Grant to remove Tires close to Border and TJ Valley Watershed for Recycling

Feb 03, 2016 11:54AM ● By Paul Spear

Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced that WildCoast will receive a 

 $100,000 grant to reduce the amount of environmental damage from tires and other debris flowing into the Tijuana River Valley.

“This watershed is one of our region’s most precious natural resources but it has constantly been threatened,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The environmental impact of tires and other debris and pollutants in the Tijuana River Valley cannot be underestimated. The Regional Solid Waste Working Group has been working to find solutions to this issue and I was delighted to hear that WildCoast will receive a grant to begin this long-awaited process of restoring and protecting the river valley.”

The grant proposal was considered at a meeting of the California-Mexico Border Relations Council today.

WildCoast is an international organization dedicated to environmental and coastal conservation along the border. Funding for the grant will be provided by CalRecycle, which works to mitigate the effects of improper tire disposal in the state. Last year, the Regional Solid Waste Working Group was established through the 2015 state budget following Speaker Atkins’ efforts to support environmentalists’ call to better protect the watershed in the border region.

 “This is a critical first step in cleaning up waste tires that have a significant impact on public and environmental health in the Tijuana River Valley as well as on the open space there,” added Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, a co-founder of WildCoast. “This innovative approach to cleaning up on the U.S.-Mexico border builds upon California's excellent relationship with Baja California and Mexico and illustrates why working together with our neighbor to the south is the best approach to environmental problem solving.”

Millions of California tires end up in Tijuana each year. Tires flowing into California through the Tijuana River create a host of environmental issues, affecting water quality and becoming a breeding ground for mosquitos. The threat of the Zika virus spreading to the Tijuana River Valley area makes cleaning up these tires a priority.

CONTACT: Jennifer Vigil (619) 645-3090

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G.

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